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Through dozens of interviews and access to never before-seen documents - including long-hidden love letters - Boot recasts this cautionary American story, tracing the bold rise and the crashing fall of the roguish "T. E. Lawrence of Asia" from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating American evacuation in 1975.
Bringing a tragic complexity to this so-called "ugly American", this "engrossing biography" (Karl Marlantes) rescues Lansdale from historical ignominy and suggests that Vietnam could have been different had we only listened. With reverberations that continue to play out in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Road Not Taken is a biography of profound historical consequence.
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By Catherine on 01-16-18
An honest look at Vietnam Nam and USA
Well researched and presented without a political agenda. Boot has given the reader/listener a ringside view of US decision making in the post WWII era through the end of the century. As a young observer in Saigon 1965-67, this demonstrates the highest degree of veracity I have found.
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By texan on 03-05-18
Wayyy too long.
I can’t believe I finished this book. I almost “returned” it a dozen times.
A good editor for this story of a very interesting time and individual desperately needed. The author went off on a number of unneeded tangents ( LBJ, Humbert Humphrey , etc). The narrator was excellent, but the story may put you to sleep.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful